Timber Books

  • Forests for People : Community Rights and Forest Tenure Reform

    In recent years governments in the South have transferred at least 200 million hectares of forests to communities living in and around them . This book assesses the experience of what appears to be a new international trend that has substantially increased the share of the world's forests under community administration. Based on research in over ...

  • Promising African plants

    This full-colour publication highlights 25 promising African plants, a selection from 10 years PROTA programme.    They include vegetables (e.g. spider plant, roselle, African eggplant), cereals and pulses (e.g. African rice, tef, bambara groundnut), dyes and tannins (e.g. dye-sorghum, n’galama, turmeric), vegetable oils (e.g. Allanblackia, shea ...

  • Governing Africa's Forests in a Globalized World

    Many countries around the world are engaged in decentralization processes, and most African countries face serious problems with forest governance, from benefits sharing to illegality and sustainable forest management. This book summarizes experiences to date on the extent and nature of decentralization and its outcomes - most of which suggest an ...

  • Fishing boat construction: 4 - Building an undecked fibreglass reinforced plastic boat

    FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Papers # 507In many areas of the world, finding the type of timber needed to build a good quality wooden boat is becoming a problem. As a result, Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) is beginning to be used by many wooden boat builders. The information provided in this manual relates specifically to ...

  • Small and medium forest enterprises in Ethiopia

    The annual value of small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) in Ethiopia amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars – dominated in rough order of value by fuelwood, herbal remedies, wild coffee, honey and beeswax and timber furniture. The majority of these enterprises are informal and remain largely unregulated and untaxed by any government ...

  • Small and medium forest enterprises in Mozambique

    Small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) in Mozambique account for 95.8% of the formally registered enterprises in the forest sector and more than 99.9% of the enterprise numbers if the predominant informal enterprises are included. Total forest sector employment exceeds 600,000 people, 80% of which is based in SMFEs. Despite their significance ...

  • Compilation of Agrinews videos (2008) / Compilation des videos Agriflash (2008)

    This compilation contains the following Agrinews videos: 1) Potatoes in the air, 'fruity ants', astuces livestock farmers, a tasty treat against malunutrition, detection aflatoxin, organic markets; 2) Food safety, cows and grasses, ginger´s back, head start on the armyworm, biotech plan, pedal and pump; 3) Cowpeas on top, community media, cooking ...

  • PROTA 7(1) Timbers 1 (English) - Print + CD Rom

    PROTA 7 deals with the timbers of Tropical Africa. Because the group is very large, it will be subdivided into 2 volumes. In PROTA 7 volume 1, 511 'Primary use' timbers belonging to a selection of 25 botanical families, are described in 280 review articles. Many of the articles are illustrated with a geographic distribution map and a line drawing ...

  • Malawi's green gold: Challenges and opportunities for small and medium forest enterprises in reducing poverty

    This study surveys a thriving, albeit largely informal, SMFE sector in Malawi. It looks in detail at four promising subsectors: timber, cane furniture, tree fruit juices and woodcarving. This adds to, but does not investigate further, the vast SMFE fuelwood and charcoal trade, Malawi’s third largest industry, which was the subject of a previous ...

  • PROTA 7(1): Timbers 1 (English) - Print only

    PROTA 7 deals with the timbers of Tropical Africa. Because the group is very large, it will be subdivided into 2 volumes. In PROTA 7 volume 1, 511 'Primary use' timbers belonging to a selection of 25 botanical families, are described in 280 review articles. Many of the articles are illustrated with a geographic distribution map and a line drawing ...

  • Distinguishing community forest products in the market: industrial demand for a mechanism that brings together forest certification and fair trade

    Little evidence links commercial forestry with poverty reduction. But community forest enterprises, especially those that are democratically run, are perceived to have brighter prospects. High hopes that voluntary market mechanisms might help to realise this potential have so far proved unfounded. Forest certification has got to grips with ...

  • Illegal Logging Law Enforcement Livelihoods and the Timber Trade

    Illegal logging is massively widespread - more than 50 per cent of all timber in some countries - and hugely damaging, yet how can it be tackled without causing poverty in local communities? Written by the world's foremost experts, this book examines the key issues including law and enforcement, supply and demand, corruption, forest certification, ...

  • Best practices for improving law compliance in the forest sector (English)

    Series: FAO Forestry PapersForest law compliance is attracting increased attention in the international forest policy arena as significant volumes of timber are illegally felled, processed and traded every year. Illegal logging and associated trade are a complex issue with far-reaching environmental, social and economic consequences. Various ...

  • Wood

    Test methods feature how to perform chemical analysis of wood and how to evaluate mechanical and physical properties. Others detail structural grading and a few specifications for wood and timbers such as wood paving blocks and modified wood. Under the heading of wood preservatives, this volume covers specifications that fix the property ...

  • Wood

    Test methods feature how to perform chemical analysis of wood and how to evaluate mechanical and physical properties. Others detail structural grading and a few specifications for wood and timbers such as wood paving blocks and modified wood. Under the heading of wood preservatives, this volume covers specifications that fix the property ...

  • Haramata 52: Bulletin of the Drylands

    In this issue: DEBATE: Anchoring gender in African realities * A spectacular case of regeneration in Niger FOCUS ON...China in Africa REPORTS: So why don't they plan for droughts in pastoral areas? * Making land reform work for those who need it least - a lesson from South Africa This issue has a special theme section on China in Africa and ...

  • Wood

    Test methods feature how to perform chemical analysis of wood and how to evaluate mechanical and physical properties. Others detail structural grading and a few specifications for wood and timbers such as wood paving blocks and modified wood. Under the heading of wood preservatives, this volume covers specifications that fix the property ...

  • The economic value of wild resources in Senegal : a preliminary evaluation of non-timber forest products, game and freshwater fisheries

    The economic value of wild resources in Senegal : a preliminary evaluation of non-timber forest products, game and freshwater ...

  • Non-timber forest products in Uganda : UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series No. 18

    This report describes a new map-based approach to defining areas best suited for NTFP commercialization. Uganda is used as a case study. As one of the most rapidly growing economies in Africa, its rich natural heritage highlights the conflict between national development efforts and the need for a globally responsible approach to biodiversity ...

  • The Economic Value of Wild Resources in Senegal: A Preliminary Evaluation of Non-timber Forest Products, Game and Freshwater Fisheries

    The contribution of wild plants and animals to human welfare is widely appreciated but not routinely measured. Reliable and up-to-date information on the economic importance of wild resources is needed to ensure that development policies and investments take account of the full costs and benefits of alternative land uses. This report presents a ...

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